Rebels With A Cause

Just saw this documentary-I found it fascinating, fairly reported and with a charming manner. I highly recommend it for any ecological or civic leader. The story of the formation of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust is also included and should be inspiring to farming advocates across the country. I might recommend setting up screenings in your market space on a Saturday night!

REBELS WITH A CAUSE is the story of a regional California effort that grew into an astonishing system of fourteen National Seashores — the result of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians from both parties, widows, and volunteers working together through compromise and negotiation, with the American public coming up as the winner.

Turkey Creek

In case some of us forget from time to time that what we are fighting for is local sovereignty in order to save, rebuild or create our own healthy systems, and that environmental justice MUST be included into our scope of work, this may help:

COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: The Battle for Turkey Creek – TRAILER (1 MIN.) from Leah on Vimeo.

Derrick often recites a warning that his mother gave him when he began fighting to protect his community of Turkey Creek: “There might not be any bottom to this.” A dozen years later, her words hold special meaning for both of us. My film documents what seems like an unrelenting assault on this historic African American community on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, and it continues to this day. When I began filming, the precious place of Derrick’s childhood memories and family oral history was being overrun by urban sprawl, and then came Hurricane Katrina, and then the BP oil disaster.

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When: June 27, 7 p.m.
Off-Broadstreet Theatre, Hopewell, NJ
$20 (includes light refreshments & glass of wine or beer)
How to Get Tickets:
(Note: This is the website of the Sourland Planning Council. Tickets not available quite yet!)

Celebrities: After the screening, stay for a Q&A with director Jared Flesher, Mercer County Naturalist Jenn Rogers, and Princeton University Energy Plant Manager Ted Borer.

Details: All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Sourland Planning Council, a local non-profit organization working to protect the ecological integrity, historical resources and special character of the Sourland Mountain region.

When: July 11, 7 p.m.
Where: Princeton Public Library
Tickets: Free and Open to the Public
How to Get Tickets: Just show up!

Celebrities: After the screening, stay for a Q&A with director Jared Flesher, native plant expert Jared Rosenbaum and Wattvision CEO Savraj Singh.

A special summer event of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.

Here’s their trailer:

Only once per year – but boy, imagine that logistics checklist!

By the middle of summer when you market managers get tired of the pop up tents and the vendor grump factor when being asked to spread out or squeeze in to the summer market spaces, take a nice shady break, grab a limeade and watch this time-lapse movie of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival setting up in April of this year. Talk about a well-oiled machine (although wouldn’t it be funny if they had misplaced a tent and you watched one move 3 feet to the right in this? well, maybe not…)
When we talk about the skills of market management, we should seek out other sectors to compare each piece; obviously the festival logistical expertise is a great one to see how we stack up to this amazing work. How do we compare to this, do you think?

Sourlands Trailer

Please keep your eyes and ears out for a new film called Sourlands by Jared Flesher, who also did “The Farmer and The Horse” another agricultural film many of us supported through Kickstarter.
I urge everyone to support this important movie, a documentary film starring food, energy, habitat, crazy weather, global climate change and — most important of all — the people these issues impact.

Farmageddon, the movie.

Here are the current locations for Farmageddon screenings..more should be coming soon.

July 8th – 21st
New York City
Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street

July 17th
Bethlehem PA
Starfish Brasserie

July 22nd – 26th
Portland OR
Hollywood Theater

August 6th
Palm Springs CA
Camelot Theater

August 11th
Tampa FL
Roosevelt 2.0

August 20th
Sedona AZ
Sedona Public Library

Aug 26th – 31st
Chicago IL
Gene Siskel Film Center

Boulder CO
University of Colorado International Film Series

Sept TBA
Cleveland OH
Cleveland Institute of Art

Thank you for supporting your local farmer!
Kristin Canty
Director, Farmageddon

If you have a large group that would like to put together a screening for your area, you can contact us at Currently, we are aiming for a short theatrical release so that we can get this issue into the mainstream press. We are also encouraging community screenings in places that don’t have a local theater.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John-The Movie

How did I miss this movie?
A must-see movie for all food organizers. Farmer’s mind, farmer’s point of view.
Commodity farming, artist colonies, devil cult paranoia, homeopathic remedies, Rudolf Steiner, CSAs, body image remade by picking tomatoes, cancer, love, Mexico, giant bee costumes, community barn raising, and John’s mother Anna Peterson are all shared.
Independent Lens

Objectified-The Movie

A movie that looks at industrial design through designers explanations and theories. Well worth your time. You might be asking, why is this a post on a public market blog?
I believe that engineering of the market space itself is something in which many market organizers and vendors excel. Add to that how many innovate by designing/inventing new systems or appropriate tools when necessary.

So, designers? Yes, another title for a market organizer…

Two great quotes from the movie:

“If we understand what the extremes are, the middle will take care of itself.”

“Let’s put great design into everyday things.”

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All In This Tea takes us into the world of tea by following world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in the world.

Hoffman is obsessed; during his youth, he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal, which included a friendship with the Dalai Lama, and was introduced to some of the finest tea—that golden nectar with which we can taste the distant past.

Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China to find tea for himself. In the process, he discovered the rarity of good, handmade tea, even in China, where the ancient craft of making tea has given way to mass production. This craft cannot be learned from a book, but has been handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years.

Hoffman tries to convince the Chinese that the farmers make better tea and that their craft should be honored and preserved. He drags the reluctant tea factory aficionados up a lush, terraced mountainside in their blue suits and bring them face to face with those “dirty” farmers. In an ironic twist, Hoffman reintroduces them to their own country and one of its oldest traditions.
All In This Tea trailer